The following is a summary of the February 2007, issue of the St. Croix Review:
In the editorial "Democracy," Angus MacDonald writes that the United States is a republic and not a democracy. He believes the nation to be profoundly threatened by the national debt, the trade deficit, and household debt. The solution is to cut spending and live within a budget we can afford.
Herbert London, in "A 2007 Economic Forecast," believes that the economy will grow at a slower pace, but that there will be no recession; in "Policy Conundrums" he points out issues (dependency on oil, immigration, peace in the Middle East, etc.) that offer little prospect of solution given current political divisions; in "The Iraq Study Group Report and the Munich Accord" he writes that the proposals would lead nowhere, and in fact would cause great harm if followed; in "It May Be Too Late for Europe" he describes the political, economic, demographic mess Europe has fallen into and sees the Europeans unable to save themselves; in "Complacency on Both Sides of the Atlantic" he believes that Americans and British have become desensitized to the eruption of bloodshed in the world, and that our popular cultures "dull the capacity for serious thought."
Allan Brownfeld, in "Milton Friedman, 1912-2006: A Champion and Philosopher of Freedom," marks the passing of a great economist who changed the understanding and practice of economics for the better in this century; in "Finally, the Millions Killed by Communist Regimes Will Be Memorialized in Washington," he details the horrific and vast crimes committed by Communists in the 20th century, and the subversion of the U.S. government by Soviet spies, and the cover provided to the Communists by intellectuals and journalists.
In "Solzhenitsyn and Iran," John Howard recalls the words of the famous Russian, to inspire purpose and courage in our confrontation with militant Islam.
Arnold Beichman sounds a warning in "Meet Today's Murder Inc. Headquartered in the Kremlin."
In "Understanding the Downtrend," Winkfield F. Twyman Jr. takes a hardheaded look at the economic trend lines of blacks attending law schools.
Harry Neuwirth writes about scarcity, and the need to find another source of energy, in "Petroleum and Prices."
Thomas Martin, in "From Anno Domini to the Common Era," relates how Kentucky's educators plan to remove B.C. and A.D. from dates used in the classrooms. Culturally sensitive educators believe that sparing the feelings of non-Christians has priority over our heritage.
Anthony Harrigan, in "The Language of Worship," reminds us of the beautiful language and the power of faith that is the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.
In light of the recent order of the New Jersey Supreme Court to the legislature of New Jersey to grant rights to single sex couples equivalent to those of married couples, Pat Buchanan, in "Why Submit to Judicial Tyranny?" asks "Who rules New Jersey?"
In "A Conservative Defense of Marion Barry," Joseph S. Fulda recounts how the U.S. Attorney's office lured the mayor into criminal behavior by taking advantage of his human weakness. Fulda believes that the justice system was playing the part of the "Christian Devil."
In "Political Splits," Robert Wichterman observes that the U.S. electorate is polarized at a time when we are threatened by dangerous enemies, but he notes that we have been through worse before.
John D'Aloia Jr. welcomes the about-face of health organizations that have decided to bring back a banned substance in order to prevent Malaria in "Myths about DDT Are Dissipating."
Jigs Gardner demonstrates the power of Mark Twain and the influence he had on writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Sherwood Anderson in "Writers for Conservatives: 7, Huck Finn and Friends."